Makes 2-3 cups of soup

For soup
5 dried shiitake mushrooms
1 dried kombu (sea kelp)
2-3 cups water
1 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic
2-3 dried chili (remove seeds for milder heat)
1Tbs red chili flake
1 carrot
Salt and pepper to taste

For gyoza
Gyoza wrappers
Maitake mushrooms
Garlic chives
Konnyaku noodles
Salt and pepper (optional)

1. Rehydrate 4 or 5 dried mushrooms in 2-3 cups of water and let it sit for several hours while preparing the other ingredients.
2. For the filling, mix chopped cabbage, garlic chives, and konnyaku noodles in a bowl. Lightly season with salt and pepper if necessary.
3. Place 1-2 tsp of the filling on a gyoza wrapper, wrap into half-moon shape, and seal the edges with water.
4. Heat a bit of oil over medium heat and saute garlic and chili until they are fragrant.
5. Pour in the mushroom stock, chop up the mushrooms, and throw them in the soup.
6. Add dried kombu to the soup, red chili flakes, chopped carrot, and season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for a while.
7. Carefully add the gyoza to the soup and let it cook until the skin has turned translucent and soft.